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Yousuf Karsh: «Cecil B. DeMille»

11 Dec

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(…) Though Cecil B. DeMille was respected by his peers, his individual films were often criticized by them. «Directorially, I think his pictures were the most horrible things I’ve ever seen in my life,» said director William Wellman about him. «But he put on pictures that made a fortune. In that respect, he was better than any of us.» Critic Pauline Kael called DeMille «a sanctimonious manipulator who used to satisfy the voyeuristic needs of the God-abiding by showing them what they were missing by being good and then soothe them by showing them the terrible punishments they escaped by being good.» (…)

(…) Yousuf Karsh was a master of studio lights. One of Karsh’s distinctive practices was lighting the subject’s hands separately. He photographed many of the great and celebrated personalities of his generation. Throughout most of his career he used the 8×10 bellows Calumet (1997.0319) camera, made circa 1940 in Chicago. Journalist George Perry wrote in the British paper The Sunday Times that «when the famous start thinking of immortality, they call for Karsh of Ottawa.» (…)

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Yousuf Karsh: «After 95 Years Nelson Mandela Successfully Escaped From Prison of Life!»

6 Dec

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Website Nelson Mandela Foundation
Photo via tedrathbun

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Clint Eastwood: «You Either Do It With The Real Camera Or Not At All»

2 Jan

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In 1991, Clint Eastwood was starring in and directing «The Unforgiven». Eddie Adams was photographing him between takes and told him he needed to make some Polaroid proofs. Eastwood responded that «Ansel Adams didn’t take Polaroids. Edward Weston didn’t take Polaroids. You either do it with the real camera or not at all.» So Eddie Adams shot three frames, and this is one of them.

Eddie Adams became most famously known for his photograph of Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Nguyễn Văn Lém on February 1, 1968. Donald R. Winslow, a close friend of Eddie Adams, wrote about «The Pulitzer Eddie Adams Didn’t Want».

The American Newspaper Washington Post honours the great photographer with a special selection of his work. His fine light portrait of Fidel Castro, for example, is as amazingly enlightend as Yousuf Karsh’s portraits. His photo-journalistic stuff is as outstanding as of any other Magnum-photographers. So, just get a quick refill of your basic knowledge about great photographers.

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